- Minister of transport, Rotimi Amaechi says the Warri-Itakpe railway project benefits the Niger Delta region more
- The minister made the declaration on Tuesday, September 29 during the commissioning of the project in Delta state
- Amaechi said 9 out of 11 stations of the railway were in Delta and Edo states, while two were in Kogi state
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The honourable minister of transportation, Rt. Hon. Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi has stated that 90 per cent of the Warri- Itakpe railway project is domiciled in the Niger Delta region.
The minister stated this during the commissioning of the project for commercial services on Tuesday, September 29 by President Muhammadu Buhari virtually.
Amaechi said 9 out of 11 stations of the railway were in Delta and Edo states, while two were in Kogi, noting that it is an indictment on naysayers who say Buhari has done nothing for the Niger Delta region.
“This project that we are here to celebrate and commission started in 1987 during the military era but underwent protracted hiccups and prolonged abandonment which attest to more than 3 decades of investment, hope and despair.
“The project, with a passion to realize for Nigeria, an effective and efficient transportation especially, the railways, was resuscitated by this administration. For this feat, we have to appreciate the unrelenting and concerted attention of the president.
“At the collapse of the iron and steel industry concession agreement, this railway suffered neglect and experienced massive vandalization of its infrastructure as well as an abandonment of construction activities on its ancillary including the one being commissioned today.
“Therefore, your excellencies, distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the entire project in 2015 was met in a state of decay, abandoned with the entire infrastructure moribund.
“Today, we are looking at a brand new, modern, fully fitted functional railway of 326 Km single track standard gauge railway line.”
The minister further stated that his ministry is working in line with the president’s directives regarding the prioritized railway lines and concluding negotiation to realize the extension of the rail line to Warri port and Northward to Abuja.
He said there are also plans to ensure other new lines connecting state capitals, commercial and administrative centres are built.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that President Buhari on Tuesday, September 29, commissioned the Itakpe-Ajaokuta-Agbor-Warri railway project virtually.
The event took place at the Agbor station of the rail line which was named after former president Goodluck Jonathan.
Speaking at the event, President Buhari urged Nigerians to support his administration's drive for the provision of infrastructure.
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